My Story

Born in Florida to immigrant parents, I've been a life-long student of understanding people across all types of perceived boundaries and barriers. Yet, I spent much of my teens and 20’s disconnected from my own voice. Feeling the pressure to become a “successful” adult, I followed a path toward a reliable salary.

That path led me to get my B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and M.B.A. from Duke University. I became a consultant, and then a marketer at Accenture, Unilever, and Burt’s Bees. I marched up the corporate ladder. I married a guy who “checked all the boxes” at age 25. I lived abroad during a two-year expat gig at Samsung in Seoul, South Korea. I traveled to 50 countries. I fit into a size 0 dress. I bought a house. I drove a BMW. Success! Right?

Working on myself also allowed me to find a romantic partnership that nurtures me, and a voracious appetite to do what inspires me. Now I take my expertise in creating brands, devising growth strategies, and finding solutions to business problems and use it to help you realize your inspired life.

What inspires me?

​My clients and other courageous people. Seeing the world. Working on a Turkish cookbook of my family’s recipes. Crossfit. Yoga. Meditation. Reading the print edition of the New York Times. Caring for my beloved backyard chickens. Learning about nutrition and wellness. Art.

I'm curious, what inspires you?

Well, not quite for me. I followed the raucous applause of everyone around me at the cost of taking the time to reflect on what mattered to me. I was living a life that felt like it had taken on a life of its own. It took all of my energy to keep up with. I had nothing left over to replenish myself.

Thankfully, the brilliant thing about your inner voice is that it doesn’t quit until you listen to it. It brought me out of my seven-year marriage. And, even though I kept thinking, “If I had a life purpose it would have dawned on me by now”, I also knew it was worth it to keep searching for it. I decided to hire a life coach to help me figure things out. Then, I fell in love with coaching! 

 

Coaching integrated all of the elements I most enjoyed in my corporate career - connecting with people, empowering my team, understanding what influences decision making, and using creativity to overcome challenges. 

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